El Corazón de Holyoke
June 14 – 27, 2022
To honor the upcoming state designation of Holyoke’s Puerto Rican Cultural District — the second in the country! — Beyond Walls and Nueva Esperanza Inc. are producing a series of murals this summer from the Caribbean’s most celebrated artists, culminating during the much-anticipated Noche de San Juan Festival.
The City of Holyoke is home to the largest concentration of Puerto Ricans per capita outside of the main island, making up 50% of the population. We’re collaborating with El Corazón / Heart of Holyoke, a cultural placekeeping initiative that celebrates the heritage and modern identities that define the city. As Holyoke receives this esteemed cultural designation, we’re amplifying these festive celebrations with epic murals that connect artists from Puerto Rico to Holyoke and beyond.
Noche de San Juan Festival
On Saturday, June 25th, from 12pm-7pm at Bonin Field in South Holyoke, our partners of Nueva Esperanza, Inc. will be hosting their annual Noche de San Juan Festival. Puerto Ricans all over the world celebrate this lively holiday – an eve of a feast for Saint John, the Baptist’s birth. We’re excited to unveil the epic murals produced in Holyoke, and we hope you’ll join us!
—Support our Mission—
Our vision to install powerful large-scale murals needs your support! Our goal is to raise $50,000, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Commonwealth Places Fund. Every part of these funds will go towards the artist fees, paint/materials, aerial lifts, insurance and more to make this dream possible. Whether it is $25 or $25,000, your donation will be instrumental.
All funds donated here are tax deductible and will be restricted for the installations of murals in Holyoke, MA. Beyond Walls is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. Our tax ID number is 83-0573018.
Matching Funds have been provided by the Commonwealth Places Program created by MassDevelopment.